Money at center of fireworks dispute donated back to IFH

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The Italian Fraternal Home in Girard will get to keep some donated funds that stemmed from a fireworks dispute during its annual Mount Carmel Festival on July 16.

Rick Glass owns the land near the launch site for the fireworks display and charged the Mount Carmel Festival $5,000 to lease it for the night. He said at the time that he planned to donate the money to Team Alex, which would benefit Alex Sudol of McDonald, an 18-year-old battling stage 4 lymphoma.

But Sudol said on Friday that she decided the money belongs to the Italian Fraternal Home, and donated the money back to the festival organizers. The IFH is thanking her by putting on a spaghetti dinner.

“If anyone that’s put on spaghetti dinners knows that’s quite an endeavor and we’re very fortunate and very pleased and very humbled by their reaction. We were simply just giving the money back because we just didn’t feel right taking it and to have them do this in return is just fantastic,” said Team Alex spokesman Jim Houck.

That spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be at the IFH on West Wilson Avenue in Girard on Oct. 6. All proceeds will go to Team Alex.



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